Fun Ho! #27 Bedford Petrol Tanker

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This model is of the Fun Ho! #27 Bedford Petrol Tanker in red. This model has been repainted and has had shell paper labels applied by a former owner. Bedford articulated tankers were used to carry petrol to garages and to collect milk from farms for processing at the milk factories dotted around the New Zealand country-side (obviously they did not use the same tanker to do both!).

There are no opening parts on this model. All features are cast into the metal of the model. The model appears to be based on a Bedford TK tractor unit with articulated tanker trailer.

At the front of the Fun Ho! Tanker there is a cast representation of the headlights and grille. Behind this is the cab area with cast wing mirrors and doors. Both sides of the tanker carry cast body lines and the tanker roof has three filler caps and two ladders.

There is no interior or glazing.

All wheels appear to be one piece, black plastic, typical of the Fun Ho! miniatures of the time, mounted on steel domed axles.

The base plate under the cab appears to be lightly plated. It is held in place by a single body locating lug at the front, and a single machined rivet just behind the cab. As this base also acts as the chassis frame, there is another machined rivet just forward of the rear axle which secures the tanker trailer to the tractor unit. This tractor unit base is marked "Fun Ho!, N.Z." to the centre front, and "BEDFORD" immediately behind this. There is no base on the trailer and it carries no markings on its under-side. There are no reference number details on the model at all.

NZ Milk Tanker - unattributed.
I am unable to properly attribute this photograph as it was sent to me from overseas and the sender could not remember where he found it. If this is your photograph please contact me so proper attribution can be made.

This casting was used between 1966 and 1982. During its lifetime, 636,700 Bedford Tankers were manufactured with a paint finish covering #27, #40, and #71.

The scale is unknown but thought to be around 1:128. My reasoning is that my estimate of the length for the NZ tankers of the day was 40 feet (12.192 metres) and the model has a length of almost 3.75 inches (95mm) (12192/95 = 1:128). Of course this model is pretty inaccurate and given the cab interior is 21mm wide, and the Bedford cab interior was under 6 feet wide, it could just as easily work out to 1:87 scale!

Item: 3969

 


This model is of the Fun Ho! #27 Bedford Petrol Tanker in red with CALTEX decals. This model is original but without box or packaging. Bedford articulated tankers were used to carry petrol to garages and to collect milk from farms for processing at the milk factories dotted around the New Zealand country-side (obviously they did not use the same tanker to do both!).

There are no opening parts on this model. All features are cast into the metal of the model. The model appears to be based on a Bedford TK tractor unit with articulated tanker trailer.

At the front of the Fun Ho! Tanker there is a cast representation of the headlights and grille. Behind this is the cab area with cast wing mirrors and doors. Both sides of the tanker carry red on whoite background "CALTEX" decals, cast body lines, and the tanker roof has three filler caps and two ladders. The rear ofthe tanker has a further decal representing the Caltex logo with red star.

There is no interior or glazing.

All wheels appear to be one piece, black plastic, typical of the Fun Ho! miniatures of the time, mounted on steel domed axles.

The base plate under the cab appears to be lightly plated. It is held in place by a single body locating lug at the front, and a single machined rivet just behind the cab. As this base also acts as the chassis frame, there is another machined rivet just forward of the rear axle which secures the tanker trailer to the tractor unit. This tractor unit base is marked "Fun Ho!, N.Z." to the centre front, and "BEDFORD" immediately behind this. There is no base on the trailer and it carries no markings on its under-side. There are no reference number details on the model at all.

This casting was used between 1966 and 1982. During its lifetime, 636,700 Bedford Tankers were manufactured with a paint finish covering #27, #40, and #71.

The scale is unknown but thought to be around 1:128. My reasoning is that my estimate of the length for the NZ tankers of the day was 40 feet (12.192 metres) and the model has a length of almost 3.75 inches (95mm) (12192/95 = 1:128). Of course this model is pretty inaccurate and given the cab interior is 21mm wide, and the Bedford cab interior was under 6 feet wide, it could just as easily work out to 1:87 scale!

Item: 3975